Friday, December 17, 2010

Fun friday feline factoid - first aid kit

I work hard to imagine my cats always being healthy and well. However accidents and illness do happen. I am immensely thankful to live next door to an amazing 24 hour veterinary office, which gives me great peace of mind.

From the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, here is a list of necessary items for your home emergency and medical kit.

  • Adhesive tape - 1 inch roll
  • Betadine solution (dilute 1:10)
  • Container (fishing tackle box)
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Eye dropper (plastic)
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze pads - 3 x 3 inch
  • Gauze roll - 3 inch
  • Hairball remedy (commercial or white petroleum jelly)
  • Hemostat (curved or straight)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent)
  • Linen cloth, sheet or blanket
  • Magazines
  • Masking tape
  • Scalpel
  • Scissors (blunt-tipped)
  • Syringe, plastic or glass, 10 cc
  • Teaspoon
  • Thermometer (preferably digital)
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Tweezers (thumb forceps)
I realize that even though the vet is next door, I still need to get one of these together. The first chapter of the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook is on emergencies and I assume they tell you what to do with these various items. I for one, can't imagine using a scalpel on my cat - I just can't see it.

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